While officials are contracted to perform services by IHONC, acting on
behalf of its partner leagues, their function is by definition independent
and the officials have complete control of the contests they officiate.
As independent contractors, officials are responsible for their own working
schedules (through submittal of their availability on this web site);
their own equipment and uniforms;
their own insurance;
and their own transportation and expenses associated with officiating.
IHONC registered officials are deemed "Independent Contractors" who are
contracted to perform a specific task. The official is an independent
contractor who offers services and is not an employee of IHONC or its
partner leagues. The official is not eligible for unemployment compensation,
disability, or workman's compensation benefits, and neither IHONC nor
its partner leagues are liable for the independent contractor's actions.
Officials with IHONC income greater than the IRS's threshold will receive
an IRS Form 1099-MISC.
As independent contractors, IHONC officials are not guaranteed game
|Pay Rates and Fines||
IHONC pays its officials monthly. IHONC guarantees that you will receive pay for all games worked in a calendar month by the end of the following month, if you are on direct deposit (hard copy checks paid one week later). However, we pay the officials once we receive payment from our leagues. There are occasions that payments are delayed by 5-7 days if the leagues have not paid us. For example, you will receive your direct deposit by the end of May for all games worked in April, and hard copy checks the first week into June for games worked in April. Again, payments will be made sooner if we receive payment from our leagues early.
|Training and Preparation|
IHONC makes four off-ice training seminars
available to its officials each year, when possible. All IHONC officials are
required to attend at least one of these seminars, which are free of
charge. Any official who does not to attend at least one seminar during
the year will not be scheduled IHONC games for one year.
IHONC makes three on-ice power skating
classes available to its officials each year, free of charge. All IHONC
officials who work at least 40 games in a year are required to attend at least
one of these seminars. (Non-IHONC power skating classes do not count.)
Those who do not will be dropped from IHONC for the following year.
IHONC will waive officials skating requirements if they donate their
time to youth tryouts arranged by IHONC.
IHONC officials are responsible for knowing
and enforcing USA Hockey rules and the league-specific rules for
the games they work. These rules are all posted on this web site.
|On the Ice|
The IHONC scheduling process and policies are described
IHONC officials are expected to follow USA Hockey
guidelines for officials' equipment, and to set a good example for
players with respect to the use of protective equipment. In particular,
helmets must be worn at all times while on the ice.
IHONC officials are expected to wear a proper official's uniform as
defined by USA Hockey. The appropriate crest must be worn for each game:
ACHA crest for college games, USA Hockey crest for USA Hockey games,
and no crest for non-USA Hockey games. Also note, arm bands must be worn
only by the referee in a 3-official system; they must not be worn in
a 2-official system. In addition, the provided helmet number must be worn
on your helmet for all IHONC games.|
Failure to wear proper uniform can result in suspension.
Officials are required to review scoresheets for accuracy after every game.
Failure to do so can result in disciplinary action, such as fines or
suspension. If there is an issue with a scorekeeper not allowing the review
of a score sheet, you will need to notify the scheduler of the game date, time,
and the scorekeeper involved.
IHONC officials are expected to file
incident reports on this web site
for every game misconduct, gross misconduct (PHA only), or match penalty
they assess. This must be done within 48 hours of the game. For gross
miscondunct (PHA only) or match penalties, contact the game scheduler
first, and thenall game officials must file a report within 24
hours of the incident.
If a game is canceled without notice because of a rink defect, Zamboni
failure, power failure, etc., the officials must notify the IHONC
scheduler of the cancelation. They will be paid for the canceled
game. If it was part of a block of several games, they will be
paid only for the first canceled game.
If a game is substantially delayed (more than 30 minutes) for any reason,
the officials must notify the IHONC scheduler of the issue (including
exactly when the game was able to start/resume, if at all). Officials
will receive extra compensation in such cases.
|Respect for Other Officials||
IHONC officials are expected to display respect for other officials
in all public situations, including while playing. IHONC officials
will be held to a higher standard than other players with respect to
Abuse of Official violations.
E-Cigarettes and chewing tobacco are prohibitted in the referee locker room,
on the ice, and in the rink facility in general. Violation of this policy can
result in suspension.
|Misconduct of Officials|
|Use of Web Site||
Use of this web site indicates your agreement to the policies described
here. This web site must be used only for the purposes for which it was
designed. Use of this web site in an unauthorized fashion, including
viewing or changing data that is not intended to be accessible to you,
will result in IHONC membership termination. The sharing of information on
protected parts of the website is likewise prohibited. You are responsible
for all use of the web site performed using your login and password, whether
or not performed by you.
When issues arise regarding misconduct of officials, these issues will
be referred to the IHONC President for investigation. When the IHONC
President determines that misconduct may have occurred, it will be
handled as follows. For a first offense, the IHONC President will
assess warnings, suspensions, and/or limitations of assignments according
to his judgment. For subsequent offenses, the
IHONC President can convene and preside over a disciplinary board
of three other IHONC officials not involved in the incident. The
President and/or disciplinary board will have full powers to assess warnings,
suspensions, or limitations of assignments according to their
judgment, and will file a written report with the IHONC President and
the officials and leagues involved.
If you have any questions about any of these policies, please contact
the IHONC President, Todd Llewellyn.